Mark ( on October 27th, 2007

Every year the woodworking club that I belong to (the Rochester Woodworkers Society) hosts a series of guest speakers. The speakers usually do a lecture on Friday night and on Saturday they sometimes do a workshop for the club members. Last night, we had the pleasure of having Kelly Mehler speak to our club. If […]

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Mark ( on October 24th, 2007

This past weekend I finished work on a new table design made from Walnut. I showed its design previously in another post. Now, with the final coats of finish on it I wanted show you the completed project, talk about the details and get your take on its design. Construction Details First, a bit about […]

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Mark ( on October 17th, 2007

This past weekend I had a few simple tasks left to complete on a sofa/hall table that I’ve designed an built (more on that in a future post) before starting the finishing process. What I needed to do was to simply cleanup the edges of the table top and then to put a small chamfer […]

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Mark ( on October 13th, 2007

One of my favorite woodworker/designer/craftsmen is Sam Maloof. I think that his designs are truly unique. He seems to have created a woodworking and design style all his own with the furniture pieces he has created over his lifetime. Recently I have been doing some reading on Maloof and some other designers – looking for […]

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Mark ( on October 7th, 2007

Sometimes you do something and wonder: “what took me so long to do that?” Well, yesterday was one of those days for me in the workshop. For years, I have been working with the standard table on my drill press. As you can see in the picture, I simply clamp a straight board to the […]

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